HI5015 - Ireland before and after the Great Famine, 1798-1916

What will I learn on this module?

In this module you will consider the history of Ireland from the United Irish rebellion of 1798 to the 1916 Easter Rising, with the Famine of the 1840s providing a key moment through which to examine change and causality across the long nineteenth century. While this module explores militant and separatist strategies, it also emphasises the various Catholic and nationalist attempts to reach an accommodation with the British state and, in turn, the reasons why the Union ultimately failed to accommodate Irish Catholics. Particular emphasis is placed on the changing nature of Irish identity as a result not only of nationalism but also the ‘devotional’ revolution in religion. This is accompanied by an examination of the diversity and richness of the Protestant population of Ireland. Central to the module as a whole are the demographic changes which Ireland underwent as a result of the Famine and large-scale emigration and the ways in which these developments structured Irish society and politics. Over the twelve weeks of the module, you will assess and analyse the major developments in Irish history in this period, including the 1798 rebellion, the Famine, the Fenians, the Land War, the home rule movement, and 1916 Easter rising using a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches. The key concept at the fore of this module is the question of whether the Famine really was the key factor in driving change across the century. The module will equip you to think critically about academic literature, primary sources, and historical interpretation.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn on this module by attending thematic lectures (in a broadly chronological order) that provide an overview of core concepts relating to the history of Ireland between 1798 and 1916, the theoretical and methodological approaches the module employs, and the historiographical debates in the field. You will be expected to prepare for the weekly seminars by undertaking essential and recommended reading; you will build on your independent reading by presenting your ideas and arguments in seminar discussions with your peers. All learning materials, tasks and readings will be posted on the eLearning Portal (Blackboard) to enable participation within the seminar programme. You will participate in summative assessment activities and receive marks and feedback; you will be responsible for your own guided and independent learning. Summative assessment matches your learning against the learning outcomes for the module.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Your academic development will be supported through engagement with your peers, academic tutors, and programme leaders. Academic support is provided through group/individual seminars which allow specific issues to be addressed and to promote progress in academic development. The module tutor(s) will be accessible within publicised office hours and via email for one-to-one meetings. Your peers will provide you with a collaborative learning environment, and your programme leader will guide you through the requirements and expectations of your course. You will also be supported through individual engagement with the academic literature, lectures, and resources available on the eLearning Portal. Formative and summative feedback will be on-going throughout seminar activities and through assessment tasks.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of key themes in nineteenth century Irish history, such as the viability and purpose of armed insurrection versus ‘constitutional’ agitation, the relationship between sectarian and patriotic identities, the importance of human agency versus structural explanations in accounting for historical change, and the relationship between elite and popular politics.
2. Exhibit consideration of the concept of causality in the context of stasis and change in Ireland during the long nineteenth century Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Show critical engagement with historical theories and methodologies to investigate and analyse political problems and case studies in relation to the Irish long nineteenth century
4. Apply knowledge and communicate your informed opinions about Irish history between 1798 and 1916 in order to question historical claims and arguments

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. Demonstrate an awareness of historical and contemporary relationships and how these relations shape our perceptions.

How will I be assessed?

Your knowledge and understanding of the Irish long nineteenth century, your ability to analyse and critically discuss historiographical theories, and your ability to present a variety of primary evidence will be tested via three weighted assessments.

1. A 2000-word Essay (covering topics considered in weeks 2 to 6) (40%) MLOs 1-5.
2. A 1000-word analysis of an item of material culture (20%) MLOs 3 & 4
3. A 2000-word take-home exam (covering topics considered in weeks 7 to 11) (40%).MLO1-5

You will receive formative feedback from your lecturer in classroom discussions, debates, and tutorial sessions. Formative assessment through your lecturer will be written and verbal, and you will also receive feedback through engagement with your peers in the classroom and online; this will enable you to test your explanations about the drivers of change in Ireland and the nature of the change experienced in these years. Feedback on your first summative assessment will allow you to improve on later ones.





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UCAS Code T720

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Humanities

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2023 or September 2024

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